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Apply for a Passport

  • It's convenient.
  • It's the same price and speed as at the Post Office.
  • Money comes back to our community libraries.
  • Three nearby locations: Boyertown, Kutztown, Sinking Spring.

How to Apply for a Passport

  1. Call the library to make an appointment. (See list of participating libraries below.)
  2. Minors (under 16 years) must have both parents present or have a notarized letter from the absent parent.
  3. The items needed to apply for a passport are as follows:
    • State-issued, certified birth certificate with a raised seal, or an expired passport.
    • 2 passport photos with white backgrounds.
    • Check to the U.S Department of State (ask what the current fee is when you call for your appointment). There is an extra fee for expedited service.
    • Check to the library (ask what the current fee is when you call for your appointment).
    • Completed passport application, filled out in medium to heavy black ink, unsigned.
    • Valid PA photo driver's license, or, if out-of-state license, a second ID is required.

We do not take the passport photographs. AAA, Sears, WalMart, and various drugstores offer passport photo service, and other places may offer it as well.

You can pick up an application at the library or download the application from (do NOT print double-sided). Fill it out USING BLACK INK at home, except for the signature. You must sign the form in the presence of the library staff member for it to be valid. provides complete information about juvenile and adult passports, valid IDs, fees, passport renewal and more.

Turnaround Time: 4-6 weeks for standard processing, 2-3 weeks for expedited processing.

Application Acceptance Hours — By Appointment Only

Boyertown Community Library
29 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown

Monday & Wednesday 11 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 6:30 pm, from Sept 7 - May 31*
(*Tuesday 4 pm - 6:30 pm, from June 1 - Aug 31)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 am - 3:30 pm
Louisa Gonser Community Library
70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown

Monday & Friday 10:30 am - 12 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30 am - 12 pm, 1:30 pm - 6 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sinking Spring Public Library
3940 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring

Monday 5 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 4 pm - 5:45 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 4 pm - 7:30 pm